Philadelphia! Come have a cocktail with me and chat about Humboldt. We will talk a little about how I made The Adventures of Alexander von Humboldt while we sip the sweet, savory, refreshing drinks made by the spectacular mixologists at Art in the Age! Stop by for fun and a substantial amount of nerding out!
Learn from Lillian Melcher — illustrator and creator with Andrea Wulf of the graphic non-fiction work, The Adventures of Alexander Von Humboldt — how research in special collections can inspire illustration. Through a Q&A moderated by Susan Doyle, Chair of RISD’s Illustration Department, and a show and tell of JCB materials, students are invited to ask how rare and historic materials can produce new narratives
Lillian Melcher, whose breathtaking illustrations grace the pages of The Adventures of Alexander von Humboldt, discusses how the explorers of old recorded the botanical specimens they found while fording river rapids and climbing mountain tops! Then you will experiment with color and layering using a similar, rewarding technique to make extremely detailed impressions of leaves and flowers from the Garden. Go home with an exquisite record of your visit to NYBG.
Focusing on Humboldt's five-year expedition in South America, Wulf and Melcher incorporate pages of his own diaries, sketches, drawings, and maps to create an intimate portrait of the radical ecologist who predicted human-induced climate change, fashioned poetic narrative out of scientific observation, and influenced iconic figures such as Bol¡var, Jefferson, Darwin, and Muir. Don't miss this captivating talk with Wulf and Melcher that kicks off Earth Day Weekend at NYBG!
This talk is presented by the Humanities Institute with support from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.